Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly T.D. is to commission an independent report into the future of the St. Brigid’s Hospital Campus in Ballinasloe, Senator Maura Hopkins has said.
Senator Hopkins stated, “Following a meeting with Minister Daly yesterday (21st November) he has agreed to my request that an independent report be commissioned into the future of the St. Brigid’s campus.”
“I have asked for this report to look at compiling a masterplan for the future of the site. Given the complexities which exist in relation to this site, it is important that we set out an achievable vision which can allow this site to become a key economic driver for this region.”
“For example, aside from the scale of the site, the entire campus inclusive of the agricultural lands are listed for heritage purposes. This will make the redevelopment process somewhat more complex and as such, it is necessary that we have a clear vision and plan for the site to realise its potential.”
“I am very pleased that Minister Daly has acceded to my request. This is a very important first step in bringing the St. Brigid’s Campus back to life. We all know that this process will not happen overnight and will require large scale capital investment.”
“But by setting out an achievable plan, it can be broken down into stages which can allow the campus to develop over time as it did when the hospital was first established on the site.”
Senator Hopkins concluded, “I want to thank Minister Daly and HSE officials for their continued engagement on this project. I will continue to work closely with them in order to restore St Brigid’s Campus as a central part of the life of Ballinasloe and the wider region.”